The derailment and explosion Monday in West Virginia of a 100-car tanker train carrying crude oil is just the latest in a string of such accidents in recent years in the wake of the North American drilling boom. The CSX train, which was traveling from North Dakota to Pennsylvania, dumped oil into the Kanawha River. The accident came just a day after an oil train derailed in Ontario.
The question is, how close do you live to a potential oil train blast zone?
The environmental group ForestEthics tapped data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create an interactive map showing United States Department of Transportation evacuation and blast zones surrounding oil train lines. Punch in your address here to see how close you live to a potential oil train derailment.